Unbeaten Class L champion Fitch finishes as the No. 1 team in the final Top 10 Poll. Unbeaten Class LL champ Cheshire placed second, while Class M champion Seymour was third.
Fitch received 10 of 15 first-place votes from the panel of sports writers and coaches. Cheshire received five first-place votes.
Final result: Defeated Masuk 2-0 to win the Class L state championship.
Bottom line: The Falcons won their second state title in three seasons, both behind senior pitcher Caroline Taber, the Gatorade state player of the year.
Final result: Def. Amity 5-0 to win the Class LL state championship.
Bottom line: The Rams won their first state title in their sixth trip to a championship game. Quite a few starters, including junior pitcher Abby Abramson, return next season.
Final result: Def. Rocky Hill 1-0 to win the Class M state championship.
Bottom line: State title No. 10 for the Wildcats. It was the second title in three seasons for Seymour. Senior Raeanne Geffert was the winning pitcher in both those title games.
Final result: Lost to Cheshire 5-0 in the Class LL state championship game.
Bottom line: Four of the Spartans’ six losses were to Cheshire.
Final result: Lost to Amity 4-1 in the Class LL semifinals.
Bottom line: The Blue Knights fell two wins shy of winning their fourth straight Class LL title.
|6. ROCKY HILL
Final result: Lost to Seymour 1-0 in the Class M state championship game.
Bottom line: The Terriers lost only to Seymour and Southington.
|7. ST. JOSEPH
Final result: Lost to Rocky Hill 1-0 in the Class M semifinals.
Bottom line: Rocky Hill was the only state team the Cadets lost to this season. St. Joseph lost to Notre Dame Lawrenceville (N.J.) on April 17.
|8. HOLY CROSS
Final result: Def. Notre Dame-Fairfield 2-0 to win the Class S state title.
Bottom line: The Crusaders won their second straight Class S title behind junior pitcher Sarah Lawton.
|9. NORWICH FREE ACADEMY
Final result: Lost to Cheshire 2-0 in Class LL semifinals.
Bottom line: The Wildcats lost three times to Fitch and once to Cheshire.
Final result: Lost to Fitch 2-0 in the Class L state championship game.
Bottom line: With freshman pitcher (Sam Schiebe) and several other starters returning next season, the Panthers may contend again for a state championship.
Dropped out: North Branford (6), Lauralton Hall (7).
First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis.
Others receiving votes
North Branford (24-2), 178; Lauralton Hall (20-6), 129; Westhill (20-5), 78; Torrington (19-6), 77; Notre Dame-Fairfield (20-6), 64; East Granby (21-4), 57; Newtown (22-4), 49; Foran (19-6), 28; Thomaston (19-3), 22; Maloney (17-5), 16; Granby (21-4), 15; East Haven (15-7), 9.
The following voted
Amanda Acampora, Lauralton Hall; Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Scott Aresco, Maloney; Doug Bonjour, Connecticut Post; Tony Calcagni, Coginchaug; George DeMaio, WELI; Vickie Fulkerson, The Day of New London; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Ken Pereiras, Seymour; Mike Pucci, New Haven Register; Lori Riley, Hartford Courant; Mike Suppe, The HAN Network; Peter Vander Veer, The HAN Network; Jimmy Zanor, Middletown Press; Peter Wallace, Register Citizen.